Installations

Google buys power from another 1.6 GW of renewables

The new deals worth $2 billion in new investments were made by the Internet giant in in the U.S., Chile and Europe.

Small solar is bigger, cheaper and more efficient in the USA

LBNL’s annual Tracking the Sun report, comparing 2017 to 2018, saw module efficiency rise almost 10%, system prices decrease 5-7%, median system size increases, and significant variability in all of those data points across the 1.6 million systems surveyed.

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FERC moves to gut PURPA

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal to allow states to remove the long-term price certainty in PURPA, and shrink the size of facilities that automatically quality for contracts from 20 MW to 1 MW.

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Solar power installation techniques – don’t do this! (w/pictures)

Solar installation inspection results of 100 sites in Rhode Island found 50% of large-scale projects had issues, while 83% of small projects had them – with 30% and 26% of those systems having “critical” issues, respectively.

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Nexamp announces 6 storage projects, Solar FlexRack closes on half a GW in 2019: pvMB 9/19/19

Hello one and all and welcome to the last MB of the week. Today we’ve got our sights set on the 100 international CEOs who signed a Climate Action support statement, Solar Frontier Americas acquiring a 50.5 MW project, Constellation signing 175 MW of purchase agreements and more!

Residential solar is getting cheaper – except for third-party

EnergySage has found that the average price for PV systems quoted through its site has fallen under $3 per watt, echoing findings by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. However, prices are increasing for the big third-party solar companies.

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San Diego demands clean community energy

The San Diego City Council has voted 7-2 to bring community choice aggregation to the city, becoming the 26th local government in California known to pv magazine to do so.

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Two high is too high

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Matt Schneider, chief product officer at Sunfolding, explains how bifacial modules in a two-portrait (2P) configuration must be installed at impractical heights to avoid irradiance mismatch on the back-side

Gov. Northam orders 100% carbon-free electricity in Virginia by 2050

The executive order calls for 100% of Virginia’s electric system to be emissions-free by 2050, with 3 GW of solar (and maybe wind?) to be under development by 2022

Michigan utility seeks 775 MW of wind and – maybe – solar power

DTE Energy has issued a request for proposals for 775 MW of renewable energy to be built in state, and turned on sometime between the beginning of 2021 and the end of 2023.